Dozens attend vigil for victim of police shooting

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WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) -

Family, friends and everyday people held a vigil for Andrew Finch following the man's death at the hands of police officers on Thursday.

Finch was killed after Wichita Police were given false information about a shooting and hostage situation; officers arrived at the Finch home were they believed the shooting and hostage situation occurred and shot Finch.

“A lot of questions,” said Jason Barton. “ I hope that [the family] get answers.” Barton lives a short distance from the Finch home and says he wants everyone involved to be not only transparent, but accountable. “Not just police, but everybody,” he said.

Dozens attended Finch’s vigil. Braving freezing temperatures, the crowd gathered for about an hour to show the family support.

 “They lost a loved one, over a senseless incident,” said Bob Johnson. “There were so many things wrong with this situation from the get-go.”

Johnson says that he never wants to see a situation like what happened to Finch again.

“There is no way to make it right, other than just to be here and support the family and to hope something senseless like this never happens again,” Johnson said.

The family set up an online fundraising account, asking for $20,000 for funeral expenses for Finch; donations quickly poured in and all the money has been raised. 

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